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Three students honored
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Kalel Johnson (second from left) shows off his winning artwork and a certificate recognizing his first place award on the state level in the 2019 National Association of State Aviation Officials International Art Contest. His work of art will now be judged on the national level in Washington, D.C. Should it win there, Kalel’s art would go on to be judged on the international level in Switzerland. With him are members of his family as well as Kershaw County School District officials. - photo by Gee Whetsel

At its Tuesday night (April 2) meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees honored three outstanding students who have earned special recognition in the arts and writing.

Kalel Johnson from Midway Elementary School won first place in the 2019 National Association of State Aviation Officials International Art Contest -- Category 1. Johnson’s artwork has been sent to the NASAO headquarters in Washington, D.C., to represent South Carolina. If he wins at the national level, his artwork will be sent to compete in the international contest in Switzerland. Johnson participates actively in the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Connection Education (ACE) Program.

Amanda Spencer from Stover Middle School has been selected for the 2019 South Carolina Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. Spencer is ranked No. 24, 2nd Violin 6th Chair, in South Carolina for her age group. In addition, she has been invited to attend the Arts Odyssey summer program in Music for Violin.

During this one-week residential program, Spencer will have the opportunity to immerse herself in her chosen discipline and to gain a better understanding of the other art areas.

Barri Shealy from North Central Middle School won the state Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest sponsored by local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5928. This year’s 300- to 400-word essay topic was “Why I Honor the Flag.” Shealy competed against students in 75 districts to win this honor and finished 12th in the nation.